And they can reportedly blame last year's UAW strike.
Last year's United Auto Workers union strike against General Motors was the longest nationwide walkout in five decades, costing the automaker an estimated $4 billion from stalling production across the entire GM model lineup. And even though the strike ended months ago, we can still find ripple effects. Corvette fans and industry pundits wondered at the time what the strike impact might be on the all-new C8 Corvette such as whether or not the start of production would be delayed by the months-long walkout, leading to less availability for the 2020 model year.
Sadly, we now know that to be the case, as a Corvette Forum post explains that dealer allocations for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette are being scaled back.
At least one dealership was told that it would lose about 15 percent of its own allocations for the 2020 model year, while allegations claim that total C8 Corvette production will be scaled back by closer to 20 percent from what was expected. This is said to be the result of the Corvette's Bowling Green Assembly plant sitting idle for 90 days.
That means that plenty of Chevrolet Corvette customers will have to wait a bit longer before they are able to take delivery, but the good news is that customers who have put in orders for 2020 examples that don't make the cut-off will get priority as the 2021 model year starts production.
And it's important to note that there's precedent for this - specifically with the C7 Corvette in 2014. Then, too, production for the first model year was lower than expected, but customers who put in orders for 2014 cars that went unfilled were able to keep their 2014 pricing on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette.
Chevrolet hasn't put an exact figure to how many C8 Corvettes it hopes to build for 2020, but previously, it was thought GM would try to surpass its 1984 production of about 51,000 units. Today, that target seems significantly more unlikely.